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Kathleen Morgan Dr. Stone English 206 February 15, 2008 Kipling takes an interesting stance on the colonization of India. He is English, but he spent a lot of time in India. So the poem shows a certain ambivalence of who has the most power—England or India? Throughout the poem, India’s presence becomes more prevalent and dominant, while the “Britishness” is still present, but having to be anxiously repeated as to remind people of who is really in charge. The repetition of “the Empress of India” makes it known that the Queen of England is in charge, and not only is she the ruler, but the mail runner is doing his work “In the Name of the Empress of India.” Also, what makes the Queen actually weaker is that she is in England while “ruling” India. So throughout the poem there is the occasional absence of the Queen, but then there is that anxious repetition reminding everyone that, “Oh! Wait, you’re doing this in the name of the Queen of England, the Empress of India!” However, the British do have control over this mail runner and actually help
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